Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: February 6, 2012
Description: Great Plains National Bank
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks of Great Plains National Bank, Belfield, North Dakota
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsels; and All Examining Personnel
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 091302979 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.
Counterfeit items closely resemble the authentic checks but may be identified by the following: The bank’s telephone numbers of (701) 575-8282 and (701) 483-8282 are not included in the top-center portion of the instruments. In addition, the counterfeit items do not include the watermark or thermochromic icon. Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,875 and contain a remitter’s name of either Sandra Pattel or Karen Collins.
Correspondence accompanying these checks contains the letterhead of either “Pathway Financial LTD, 25 Baker Street, London, England, W1U 3DS, UK” or “Anchor Trust Financial, 209 Bishopsgate, Towers Hamlets, London EC2M, United Kingdom.” The letter informs the recipient that he or she has been chosen as a winner in a drawing. The letter further states that the recipient has three weeks to claim his or her prize by contacting Kevin Jacobs or Kim Walters at 011-44-7574-200-742. The accompanying check is purported to cover the federal and international clearance fees.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of Great Plains National Bank’s cashier’s checks, please contact Bruce D. Baer, Senior Vice President, by mail at P.O. Box 248, Belfield, ND 58622; by telephone at (701) 575-8282; by fax at (701) 575-8525; or via e-mail at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Consumers who receive a counterfeit or fictitious item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resource at: http://www.occ.treas.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Richard C. Stearns